By Chioma Obinna
Nigeria holds Food & Beverage West Africa international trade show Nigeria’s food and drink retailers will have the opportunity to connect with suppliers, distributors and manufacturers at a new globally-recognised business exhibition next year.
Food & Beverage West Africa, a free-to-attend three-day trade event, will provide a platform for local companies to build business relationships with clients from across Nigeria, neighbouring West African countries and from around the world. The exhibition billed to take place 18th June through 20th, 2019 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos is expected to attract over 4,000 people from the sector. Participants will include food and drink retailers, grocery buyers and hospitality businesses looking to source the best products and business deals from over 150 exhibitors.
The event which has the backing of the Association of Food Vendors in Nigeria, AFVN, Balogun Business Association Nigeria, Ogabaru Main Market Traders Association, OMMTA, Onitsha, Onitsha Main Markets Traders Union, OMMATU, and Eziukwu Road Traders Association is a new exhibition created by BtoB Events, a dynamic Exhibition organiser, created by the former divisional director for Africa of a FTSE 100 organisation within the exhibition industry.
On the event, Managing Director of BtoB Events, Jamie Hill said: “Having organised exhibitions in the food and beverage sector across Africa for the past three years I am particularly excited about it. “The foundations are in place to create a global market place here in Lagos, connecting local and international business and forging long term trade partnerships and knowledge sharing.”
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“The event will help Nigerian companies who wish to expand their business across the country and to export to the Economic Community of West African States.
“We have country pavilions already confirmed from no less than four continents, with more in the pipeline – so it really will be a unique opportunity for Nigeria to taste and sample the flavours of the world,” said Mr Hill.
“We want people to realise how exciting the market is here with huge opportunities and a growing customer base. Our long-term ambition is for the overseas companies taking part to establish good business links and set up their manufacturing plants in Nigeria in the future.”
JustFood, West Africa’s leading provider of quality consumables and global food equipment brands, along with NASCO, an export and wholesale company based in the UK, are signed up as Gold Sponsors.
Furthermore, national pavilions from countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey and Sri Lanka have already confirmed their participation. Spar, which has 10 hypermarket-style retail stores across Nigeria, is the Retail Partner for the event.